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101  General / Open Forum / Re: FSAE at VCU: We need help! on: December 13, 2014, 08:40:07 PM
What specifics are you looking for?

I'd do this in steps AFTER tuning as much mechanical grip into the chassis that you can.

1. Read everything you can, there are a lot of good books out there. Even stuff from the 80s and 90s, read about the aerodynamic wars that happened in the late 60s/early 70s through the early 80s in F1.

2. Understand the gains and where they lay in the various designs. I know of cases where 2 or 3 pieces of rubber placed in stagic locations produce in conjunction with the rest of the car more downforce than the 3 ft long splitter they had mounted to the nose. The devil is in the details with aero.

3. Ask advice on specifics that the above steps produce.

4. Start some CFD models using the SolidWorks simulation license you guys have available to you and widdle the design down. These don't have to be complicated models either.

5. Then start looking at manufacturing of those bits. This is where we can really help.

6. Do some real life testing to back your results up. This is also what the judges want to see.

I would personally refrain from "throwing" money and time at it until a clear plan has been developed. This is where I have seen so many FSAE teams fail.

102  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 03, 2014, 05:58:02 PM
OH.... MY.... LORD....
103  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: November 29, 2014, 03:49:05 PM
Looks awesome! Going to be a good thread. Looks like it just will fit in a two car garage with all the parts.
104  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: November 21, 2014, 10:42:07 AM
11-2-14 ends the season. Car did very well and I had a ton of fun.

So the big question. What is going on next year... well stay tuned. Looks like the Merkur won't be dropped as quickly as I had originally intended.
105  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: November 04, 2014, 04:32:44 PM
Thanks Gunny. Mindy's car = Mindy's rules but I have no problem with it. I'd love to know what you think about the car and how it compares.
106  Results / Autocross / Re: Results Nov-2-2014 on: November 04, 2014, 04:24:34 PM
Just glancing through the results, I don't think Mindy qualifies as a novice.


I dont think she does either...if she does I need to start upping my game. She did reg so I'm not sure how that happened.
107  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: October 19, 2014, 03:32:44 PM
Another autox.

Got the TPS replaced and new motor mounts in. More updates on those later. Car felt really good and throttle response was better than it ever has been. The TPS may have been an issue for a long time. Even though the car did well, I didn't, but was please to see the car run within a few tenths to Richardo even though I coned it away.

108  Results / Autocross / Re: Results Sep 21 2014 on: October 01, 2014, 05:26:17 PM
Haha I feel like douche now
109  Results / Autocross / Re: Results Sep 21 2014 on: September 24, 2014, 04:37:15 AM
Hey Chris, I wasn't going to say anything until I saw this photo of Davids, but my third (and fastest run without a cone) never got caught on the time sheet. I had a total of six runs as the last was a re-run due to my 5th run had a timing malfunction.

Basically if you look at the results table posted, the run in the photo below is not there and only 5 runs are present. It isn't by much so I'm really not too worried but I figured I'd share since I had photo proof. Smiley

Thanks David/Gunny once again!

110  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: September 24, 2014, 04:29:19 AM
Another autocross and the competition is getting stiff. Between Ricardo who just got his new suspension and brakes, Gunny in the Corvette, Joe in the miata and Stuart who is also gearing up with new suspension the merkur has got it work cut out for it between now and the end of the season.  Here are some shots from the last event. Tires are feeling older now, I'm not sure if they are down to base rubber yet but there can't be much left, they just don't stick like they did in the beginning of the season but it does make it more entertaining to drive. After the beating the said people put on me last event I'm starting to formulate a plan to boost the merkur's performance for the beginning of next season. We will see if time and budget allows.

Thank you for the pictures David and Gunny!

111  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: August 20, 2014, 09:56:52 AM
Couple weekends ago we had an autocross. I'm getting the car to the point where I don't actually have to do anything between events any longer. Best feeling ever BTW.

On the docket this week was flushing the coolant a few times, then using the bleeder to get all the air out.

Then i fixed the panel that fell off at the track day.

Then washed it!?

The following day was the autocross event. My brother Pat drove with Mindy and I. Really looked forward to his feedback on the car because he has a lot of experiences in many other cars over the years. His suggestion of removing the bumper for more airflow was a good one. The car barely got hot at all. Maxing out at around 210*, so between the flushing system and increased flow it ran much better than normal. Typically we start seeing the temperatures in the 220-230 range just after a few short runs.

112  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: The totaled Porsche on: August 09, 2014, 06:53:10 PM
Looks good. That fuel line would definitely not help things.

113  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: July 26, 2014, 01:55:14 PM
Well got something small taken care of on the car.

Found the culprit to the power steering leak that stopped our track day short. 30 minutes and $50 bucks later it is all set to go.

114  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: July 21, 2014, 09:59:21 AM
Had a fun two back to back weekends. First was a test and tune, then autocross that Sunday and lastly a small track day the following weekend. Break down below.

Test and tune. Don Haulsee came out and joined us which was a nice surprise. He brought this folvo (volvo head, ford block) euro capri. I really see the benefits of this head and block combo and am toying with starting that project one day. However Don was impressed to see the response of the stock head and .63 A/R turbo on an autocross course. Had a little too much fun and the car boiled over at the end of the day, luckily I think everything is ok.

Autocross. Justin kicked our asses again, no surprise there but am happy to see the car performing so well with a good driver. Justin placed 3rd overall in PAX, to me, that is respectable.

NCCAR. A small "dynamic testing facility" located at the boarder of NC and VA. We got invited with the Mercedes club. This small 2.2 track comprised of several very constant radius turns. Not the most exciting of tracks but really put your car into perspective in comparison to the other vehicles of the track. Mindy and I were able to run opposite run groups so two people in one car. This meant the car really didn't sit idle very long and there was only 15 minutes between the end of her session and the beginning of mine. The Merkur had a slew of small things happening, fender flare falling off, power steering leak, and the EGR plug I had in the E6 manifold popped out at 100+mph down the front straight. (Thought I had put a whole in the block with all the noise it made) Therefore my day was cut pretty short.

Hasty repair of the power steering pump, before we found out that it was the high pressure line.

Melted Ebay turbo blanket.

She will live to fight another day, just some small stuff. On another note Jeff, Audie and I have been spending some time on her time attack Prelude and that worked great! Here are a few shots of some items we had made/fixed.

Carbon fiber gauge panel

Some interior re-work, gauges and hole filling

115  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: July 08, 2014, 03:43:22 PM
Not much going on. Just a quick little task that I had been putting off. Rewrapping the downpipe. The old wrap split in one place and it unraveled at VIR.

This time I added wire bands to keep it together. I didn't want to wrap a single wire because I was worried about it breaking of something odd and it would do the same thing. So I decided to spend the time with several bands.

Red tips are high temp silicone to prevent me from cut the crap out of myself over and over again.

116  General / Classifieds / Re: 2007 Volkswagen Gti, 4 door on: July 05, 2014, 03:05:12 PM
117  General / Classifieds / Re: 2007 Volkswagen Gti, 4 door on: June 23, 2014, 09:29:15 AM
Pay you to take that one. wonder if Audie is listening in Smiley
118  General / Classifieds / Re: 2007 Volkswagen Gti, 4 door on: June 23, 2014, 03:53:02 AM
Better photos added
119  Pictures and Media / General Pictures and Media / Re: Open Wheel Auto Cross on: June 16, 2014, 02:39:29 PM

Go buy that and come out. Turbo 3 rotor sprite has won emod countless years I believe. This would be a fun base to start something like that.
120  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: June 13, 2014, 07:09:11 PM
Super exciting weekend. This was the first event that we didn't change a thing. Nothing. Put it away after the event at VIR, replaced some air in the tires and ran with it. Car felt good, nice and balanced with a touch of under steer at mid corner and a some over steer when getting into boost at corner exit. The highlight of the weekend however was the merkur landed FTD on street tires. Very exciting and all this work seems to have paid off a bit. It really is a small mile stone for the car and the work Justin, Mindy, Dad and I have laid into it, but we gotta keep it up. There is still major room for improvement, it has a name, and that name is BOOST, we need more sooner.

Here are some shots of Justin and Mindy along with a video or two. The tire squeal is 95% the rear tires, it is hard to tell in the videos with a helmet mounted camera. However the big thing we are learning is that sliding the car in a small drift and not dropping boost makes a faster overall run. As soon as the car loses boost we have to wait to receive it again, killing the runs time.

50.7 run -->
51.2 run -->

121  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: Autox #4 - June 8, 2014 on: June 10, 2014, 06:52:57 PM
Thanks for putting up the videos Justin. Thanks Engelbert for the "at first really confusing, then hilariously fun course"
122  General / Classifieds / 2007 Volkswagen Gti, 4 door on: June 01, 2014, 03:28:31 PM
Hello everyone, I wanted to give VMSC first dibs for some reason. Maybe just the thought of someone I know owning it appeals to me a little better than some kid driving it away.

A little history:

Bought the car Feb 17th 2010 from Bill Britt Volkswagen in Fredricksburg, VA. I had roughly 36k miles on the odometer when I snagged it. Loved the car ever since and still do. I've done all the maintenance on time or earlier than recommended and have dates and mileages written in a notebook when all services where complete. This thing has been clicking off the miles like nothing, still drives like the day I drove it home even with 118k on the clock now.

The good:
1. Paint in great shape, I wax it 3-5 times a year and always before winter time. Never had any touch ups or accidents
2. Interior is just as clean. No holes in carpet or stains in seats.
3. Still pulls very strong
4. Brakes are fantastic as most VW are. They also last a lifetime.
5. All the recalls have been done and are up to date. Most I did myself because I don't like others working on my car.
6. All bushings are tight, steering feels very tight
7. VW driver gear springs all around which puts the ride height where is was intended from VW. No US spec pedestrian ride height.
8. 12mm hub eccentric rear spacers from ECS tuning which bring the rear wheels out flush.
9. Koni Yellow struts in the rear
10. No chip or other ECU mod that has upped the boost. Motor is 100% all stock
11. DSG trans shifts smooth and works great.
12. Last trip it got over 34 MPG going to Culpeper. Typically I get around 30.
13. I have two key fobs that will go with it plus a valet key.
14. Timing belt, water pump and idlers were done at 86k with OE parts. Trans was just flushed recently. No big services needed for a long time.

The bad:
1. One sway bar end link may need replacement in 10-15k miles or so. I noticed the boot was cracked so water will eventually get in but it isn't making noise or loose at this point in time.
2. Front tires are at around 30% life
3. Alignment at some point as it pulls just ever so slightly to the left.
4. A small chips in the paint on the rear bumper from some idiot parking behind me in the fan Sad. Very small but annoying
5. Burns about a 1/2-3/4 of a quart of oil very 3-4k miles. Done this since new and is typical VW. Depends on how much you get on it typically.
6. One wheel has one little nick in the surface. Been there since I got the car, luckily I haven't added any other. Unlike most which a heavily curbed.

Will get better pictures hopefully this week. I hope to wash and wax it one last time along with detailing the interior.

Title in hand, not looking for anyone to transfer a loan or anything silly. Straight cash offers only please unless you can add a bunch of cash on top of something like a 02-04 tahoe (think tow vehicle) or other really strange car.

Starting price $8500obo but entertaining offers. I'm around to answer questions and can bring it too events if necessary for show and tell.

123  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: May 26, 2014, 07:29:13 AM
Looking good. How did your tires hold up? Any over heating?

Tires held up well. Always can use more tire but it really stuck very well. Set the pressures on them one tire and never looked back.

It did over heat some, I'd pedal it on the back straight to let it cool down a little most laps then attack the corners again. It would get to about 220-230 and I'd get worried. Never boiled over however. Temperatures during the day where roughly mid 70s so a bigger radiator is a must if we ever did an event in the summer like this. Or some more baffling at the minimum. I think the next autox we are only going to run a single driver per heat.
124  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: May 24, 2014, 01:22:31 PM
Ok. So the last three weekends have looked like this. 14 hour Lemons Race at CMP, VMP autocross and lastly VIR with the PCA group. A first for the Merkur handling itself on the track and I am pleased to announce the it did very well. Running in the solid 2:30 mark with a sub-par driver and a top speed of only 113mph on the back and front straight due to less the stock boost levels (13-14psi). Hopefully this means the motor has lasted through it all despite running 10:1 afr at high rpm.

I didn't take too many photos or videos so there isn't much to show for any of it but here is what I have.

Down pipe issue at VMP the weekend before.

What I found in the catch can after VMP that had me a little worried for VIR.

Couple of notes:

Apparently it was throwing some big flames when trying to catch Beth in her Porsche up the Esses.

Carbotech's worked really well. No fade and still have a ton of life left in them. Hopefully Mindy can finish them off at the next track day.

Turbo's downpipe didn't come loose like it had been doing before. I added studs and lock nuts (not the nylon type).

Motor has a bit more back pressure than when it showed up. I guess I'll just have to up the boost a little more to compensate... Smiley Hopefully the rear main seal is ok as there was some oil spraying from somewhere.

Hopefully I can relax a bit more on this car now. I'm looking to start up the next project in a month or so. Therefore this one really really needs to take a back seat.
125  Events / Other Events / Re: PCA spring Driver Education events at VIR on: May 24, 2014, 07:16:40 AM
I'll echo what Justin said. Awesome time at VIR and a first for the merkur which didn't fair as well as Justin but held its own against the more powerful cars on track. Something I wanted to share was this video from 1998 at the start of the VIR reconstruction. It really puts things into perspective and how lucky we are to have this track close by.
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